Last week my Internet connection was not
working, so I called the helpdesk of my ISP (internet service provider).  This ISP has a brand image of providing
high quality services and they are #1 in customer satisfaction survey for many
years. When I called they already had a message recorded which said that due to
maintenance problems some of the servers were not working. It also said that
the waiting time in the queue is 12 minutes. So, I was happy that it was at least
a known problem.


After 25 minutes I finally got through and
the person checked my zip code and could see that I was also impacted. Well, it
is always nice that they confirm what you already experienced… Then he said
that he would send a request to the telecoms department to put me on another
server. My problem should be fixed within 1,5 hours, al least that was his


After 1,5 hours I tried again, but no
Internet connection. I waited and tried again and again, but no results. This
experience did no good for my customer satisfaction. The next day I did call
again and the prerecorded message was still there. However it stated that the
waiting time was 1 minute. Wow, that was fast………. But I had to wait 35 minutes
to get someone on the line.



He denied that there was a problem with the
servers of the telecoms department….. “I was not right about that”. And he
could not see that I called the day before as well because his colleague did
not log the call. He said that he just had to reset my connection and
everything should be okay after one hour. I asked whether he knew that for sure
and he said no.


So, after an hour my Internet was back up
and finally running again. I also became aware how dependent we have become on
our Internet connections.


After this negative customer experience I
am starting to have a serious look at having an Internet connection by cable.
This is something I would not have done if I hadn’t had this experience.



What can be learned form a customer service


·     Only mention real waiting times, otherwise don’t mention them at

·     Never tell the customer that his experience is wrong. Remember the
customer is always king.

·     Never say that what your colleague did was not correct. Always
support each other.


·     Tell the customer when the problem is fixed, when the connection is
restored. Customer are not interested in the effort, but in the results.


This experience damaged their brand, as I don’t perceive them to be
a high quality service provider anymore. And of course I will share my
experience with others using social media. Professional service is really at
the heart of any operation!







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